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Welcome to the Northern Chamber Orchestra

“Musically, it's exceptional… the Northern Chamber Orchestra play with terrific dexterity and panache for conductor Stephen Barlow.

Buxton Festival 2012 / The Guardian


The Northern Chamber Orchestra was formed in the 1960s and has gained a formidable reputation from its engaging and exciting concerts, tackling a wide range of repertoire from Corelli through to Stravinsky and present day composers.  The NCO is internationally renowned from its recordings, of which there are over forty.  The members of the orchestra are distinguished chamber musicians who play as principals with other orchestras and regularly appear as soloists. The Northern Chamber Orchestra is proud to be 'Orchestra in Residence' at Manchester Metropolitan University and Blackburn Cathedral and for its long association with Buxton Festival.

"Under the leadership of Nicholas Ward … the NCO is now one of the best chamber orchestras in Britain… The vitality of the playing, with a lively ensemble, is a great tribute to the corporate talents of the players…"

NCO Traditional Christmas Classics at Tatton - Thursday 11 December

NCO's 2014 - 2015 Macclesfield Heritage Centre Season: 3rd concert - Saturday 6 December

Classic Viennese Whirls & Waltzes at The Brindley, Runcorn - Sunday 25 January at 3pm

The perfect way to start the festive season - with popular classics, Christmas favourites and carols.  Featuring NCO's Nicholas Ward, violin; Weaverham High School Chamber Choir - conducted by Helen McKenna and presenter and poet, Terry Caffrey.


Featuring Nicholas Ward, violin, Macclesfield King's School Foundation Choir - conducted by Ian Crawford and a world premiere performance of Anthony Gilbert's Triptych



You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a tour of Tatton's resplendent Mansion - this year's enchanting, decorative theme is The Nutcracker - as part of the evening's entertainment.


Programme also includes: Holst St Paul's Suite; Bartok Romanian Folk Dances; Grainger Shepherd's Hey; Gluck Dance of the Blessed Spirits; Delibes Pizzicato from Sylvia and more...

Timeless, popular classics by the Strauss family and other Viennese masters, including: Die Fledermaus Overture; Blue Danube Waltz; Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna and the Gold and Silver Waltz.

Tatton Park, Tenants' Hall

Concert starts 8pm (Mansion open from 7pm).  10.10pm approx end time

Tickets are available from the NCO Box Office and, for the first time, they are also available direct from Tatton Park and at Macclesfield Visitor Information Centre.

Macclesfield Heritage Centre

Concerts start 7.30pm

9.40pm approx end time


The Brindley, Runcorn 

Concert starts 3pm

5.10pm approx end time


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